2010 record/finish: 76-86, fourth place
Manager: Brad Mills (second season)
Key additions: SS Clint Barmes, 1B Brett Wallace, 2B Bill Hall
Key losses: RHP Matt Lindstrom, 1B Lance Berkman, RHP Roy Oswalt
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Outlook: Most of the players linked with Astros’ success in the past are gone. They are trying to rebuild while staying competitive – not an easy thing to do, particularly in a balanced division.
Player to watch: 1B Brett Wallace. Once a top prospect with the Cardinals, he’s playing for his third organization. He’s shown glimpses of potential, but no consistency.
Will win the Central if ... they ... well, they won’t. They can’t.